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What Makes a Community?

I normally write articles that carry a bit of authority. I usually write what I know about and have a high degree of confidence writing. I don’t write often because I want what I do write to carry authority and be hard-hitting. This is not really one of those articles. […]

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A Visual Tour of My Life

Google is really scary. On the other hand, Google brings the world closer together. And it’s with that idea that I’m going to take my readers on a little tour of my life. I’ve move around a lot in life. Such is the life of a minister’s kid. Spent years […]

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The Science of Radio, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Pivots

Let’s talk science. We all occasionally listen to the radio. Maybe not as much as we once did, but we still do. Most of us listen to FM radio because the sound quality is better and, as a result, music is more often the stuff broadcast over FM stations. Probably […]

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Presidential Debate Word Clouds: Romney vs Obama

Here is a data visualization word cloud of the presidential debates last night. I took all of the things said from both candidates, no matter how mundane, from the transcript. Then I removed common English words like ‘the’ and ‘and’ and I manually corrected for uncommon edge cases like ‘governor’, […]

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WANTED: Couch for West Virginia Game

With the “Welcome to the Big 12″ game for West Virginia coming up this Saturday here in Texas (Sorry, Baylor doesn’t count), Austin is gearing up to welcome their new rivals to town. I decided to go the extra mile so the Mountaineers would feel welcome here in Austin. Note […]

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Most Commonly Used Git Commands

A lot of chatter about using Git and Subversion from the command line versus clients. Folks, take your time and learn the command lines. There’s a lot of stuff you can use the UI clients don’t always wrap into UI. Things like post-commit hooks, etc make the command line way […]

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Most Commonly Used Subversion Commands

A lot of chatter about using Git and Subversion from the command line versus clients. Folks, take your time and learn the command lines. There’s a lot of stuff you can use the UI clients don’t always wrap into UI. Things like post-commit hooks, etc make the command line way […]

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TUTORIAL: Building Custom Rewrite Endpoints in WordPress

Recently I concluded a sizable project that involved deep integration with an external API. I was responsible for creating content pages based outside of WordPress. To be clear, the pages would use an internal WP template, but all the content was generated using this external API. In order to make this work […]

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Five Articles I Wish I could Take Back

Last night I was going through Google archives looking for a post (that I never found) from 2007-2008. I went through 30 some pages of search results and remembered some of the older content I wrote. Some of it is stuff I either wish I didn’t write or I don’t […]

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Turning the Resumé on its Face

Resumés suck. They suck bad. Somehow, you need to convince a prospective employer that you are, in fact, the right candidate for a job. Or you might be and they should take a second look at you and maybe give you the time of day to put up a phone […]

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